Updated: State Board of Education gives final green light to three more charters in Little Rock – Arkansas News

Updated: State Board of Education gives final green light to three more charters in Little Rock – Arkansas News

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  • BRIAN CHILSON
  • MORE CHARTERS PLEASE: The nine-member state Board of Education with Education Commissioner Johnny Key and others.

The state Board of Education on Thursday afternoon allowed three charter school operators to proceed with plans to open new schools in Little Rock, disregarding pleas from Little Rock School District Superintendent Michael Poore to institute a “pause” on charter growth in the city.

The three proposals were given preliminary approval in August by the Charter Authorizing Panel, but the state board has the power to review any of the authorizing panel’s decisions. The state board declined to do so for Einstein Charter School, ScholarMade Achievement Place and Friendship Aspire Academy in Little Rock, along with two other charters proposed for Pine Bluff. (Five was the maximum number of charters that could be approved under state law.) Had the state board opted to review any of the applications, another hearing would have been held…

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